4000 Level

General Musicianship

The student will exhibit a high degree of musicianship in all performance skills developed in vocal study at the University.

Vocal Technique

  • The student will demonstrate consistency in correct, expressive vocal production.
  • The student should possess sufficient stamina to sustain an extended performance such as that required to complete graduation requirements.
  • The student will continue to explore the potential of his/her voice in the areas of range, flexibility, strength, focus, dynamics and clarity of diction.

Repertory and Performance Requirements

At the 4000 level of study, all B.A. and B.S. music majors will be assigned pieces in English, Italian, German and French; one musical theatre piece may be included in the minimum repertory assignment. Students are encouraged to work on repertory in other foreign languages, particularly those previously studied.

Interdisciplinary majors and Music Theatre Performance majors will be assigned pieces in English and Italian, and at least 50 percent will continue to be from the standard classical repertory. Once minimum requirements have been satisfied, a student may select repertory from other genres with the permission of the Performance Studies instructor.

The quantity of repertory studied each semester should be no less than at the 3000 level. It is recommended that 75 percent of the selections be memorized.

Music minors and non-music majors do not generally study voice at the 4000 level.

B.A. Music/Voice Performance & Pedagogy and B.S. Music Education majors.

  1. The focus of study at the 4000 level is preparation for the required final Senior Performance: either a Jury in Lieu of Recital or a Senior Recital (a full or a half solo recital). In order to perform the Senior Recital for public, a recital jury examination must be performed for music faculty no later than four weeks prior to the scheduled recital date. See elsewhere in this Music Student Handbook for a description of the process for gaining approval to schedule and to perform a public recital.
  2. B.A. Music/Voice Performance and Pedagogy Majors are required to enroll in MU 4010 and to present a Senior Recital in one of the semesters of study at the 4000 level. This must be a full solo recital.
  3. B.S. Music Education Majors are required to present a Senior Recital. This generally takes the form of a full solo recital or one half a program that is shared with another student performer. Students performing a full solo recital may choose to enroll in MU 4010.
  4. The vocal literature included in the final performance must represent a variety of musical styles and periods. At least four languages must be represented, and all music, with the exception of chamber, should be sung from memory.
  5. The full solo program should be planned to include at least 40 minutes but not more than 45 minutes of music, and the half program should include at least 25 but no more than 30 minutes of music, distributed according to the following outline: a. Music from the Medieval through Classical Periods
    b. German Lieder
    c. French mélodie or Spanish art songs
    d. American, British or Canadian art songs in English
    e. Opera or oratorio arias, and/or a chamber music piece, according to the interest and capabilities of the vocalist.
    f. At the discretion of the Performance Studies teacher, the student may include a short group of high-quality music theatre or other specialty material. Such selections may not substitute for other requirements as outline in a.–e. above, and the student should be aware that graduate schools are not impressed by Senior Recital programs that include anything other than “classical” vocal music pieces.
  6. All department procedures for scheduling a public recital performance must be followed.
  7. The Recital Jury must be performed for a faculty committee no later than four weeks prior to the scheduled date of the public performance. Everyone who will perform on the recital must participate in the jury. All members of the faculty jury panel must be supplied with a copy of the recital program, in the format in which it will be printed. The faculty hearing the jury have the option to require that some pieces be excluded from the public performance, or even that the performance be canceled due to inadequate preparation.
  8. Final program copy, typed, should be submitted to the SCAC House Manager no later than two weeks prior to the date of the program.
  9. Program notes will be written by each recitalist. These will be generated from the research on each piece that has been included in the Performance Studies notebook. Notes should be submitted to the Performance Studies teacher for editing two weeks prior to the date of the recital. The student should consult with the SCAC House Manager as to a deadline date for duplication. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the deadline otherwise the program notes will have to be duplicated by the student.

B.A. Music/Contract option and B.A./B.S. Interdisciplinary majors

A Senior Recital is not required for these majors. However, they may perform a full or half Senior Recital under the following conditions:

  1. A student must be enrolled in 4000 level Performance Studies for the semester in which the Senior Recital will be performed.
  2. The Department process for securing permission to schedule and to perform a public solo recital must be followed in all respects, including the recital jury, which must be presented for the faculty no later than four weeks prior to the scheduled performance date.
  3. At least 50 percent of the repertory performed must be from the Classical vocal repertory.
  4. Final program copy, typed, should be submitted to the SCAC House Manager no later than two weeks prior to the date of the program.
  5. Program notes will be written by each recitalist. These will be generated from the research on each piece that has been included in the Performance Studies notebook. Notes should be submitted to the Performance Studies teacher for editing two weeks prior to the date of the recital. The student should consult with the SCAC House Manager as to a deadline date for duplication. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the deadline otherwise the program notes will have to be duplicated by the student.

B.A. Music/Music Technology option/voice as primary instrument

A Senior Recital is required for these majors, but its content will reflect the focus of this option. If solo vocal performance is included in the Senior Recital, then the following conditions must be met:

  1. The Performance Studies instructor must approve the vocal repertory that will be performed.

B.A. Theatre/Music Theatre Performance majors.

A Senior Recital is not required for these majors. However, they may perform a full or half Senior Recital under the following conditions:

  1. A student must be enrolled in 4000 level voice Performance Studies for the semester in which the Senior Recital will be performed.
  2. The department process for securing permission to schedule and to perform a public solo recital must be followed in all respects, including the recital jury, which must be presented for the faculty no later than four weeks prior to the scheduled performance date.
  3. Students who present a full solo Senior Recital may choose to enroll in MU 4010.
  4. Final program copy, typed, should be submitted to the SCAC House Manager no later than two weeks prior to the date of the program.
  5. Program notes will be written by each recitalist. These will be generated from the research on each piece that has been included in the Performance Studies notebook. Notes should be submitted to the Performance Studies teacher for editing two weeks prior to the date of the recital. The student should consult with the SCAC House Manager as to a deadline date for duplication. It is the student’s responsibility to meet the deadline otherwise the program notes will have to be duplicated by the student.

Performance Studies Notebook

  • All students of singing must keep a Performance Studies notebook. Requirements are the same as at the 3000 level of study.
  • In the semester in which the Senior Recital is performed, a student is exempted from submitting the Performance Studies Notebook at the end of the semester.

Semester Jury Examinations

  • All students will perform a jury for the faculty at the end of each semester of study. Students should be prepared to sing from memory selections that are representative of the repertory studied.
  • At the end of the semester in which the Senior Recital has been performed, and at this time only, the student is exempted from performing a jury exam at the end of the semester.

Minimum 4000 Level Jury Repertory

Degree Semester I Semester II Semester III (& subsequent sems.)
Music: B.A./B.S.***
& Theatre: M.T option***
5 5 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
Interdisciplinary 4 4 (level change) Same as Sem. II, if required
All Others 2 2 Same as Sem. II, if required

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